Michal Oleksiejczuk finally cashed in on his light heavyweight potential earlier today (Sat., Feb. 23, 2019) at UFC on ESPN+ 3 live on ESPN+ from inside O2 Arena in Prague, Czech Republic, as the 24-year-old Polish fighter put a stop to veteran brawler Gian Villante via first-round TKO (body punch).
Oleksiejczuk looked like a 205-pound version of T.J Dillashaw in the early going, as he utilized quick footwork, blazing speed, and multiple angles to confuse Villante on the feet. During an inside exchange just over one minute into the first round, Oleksiejczuk landed a devastating body punch that registered on Villante’s face and forced the veteran to take a knee. Oleksiejczuk followed up with a few insurance shots before the referee stepped in for the stoppage.
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With this performance, Oleksiejczuk locks down his first UFC victory and proves that he still remains one of the most promising young prospects in the light heavyweight division. The talented Polish striker could very well cut down to 185 pounds and command a bigger presence inside of the cage, but his speed, precision, and footwork at the 205-pound level is too significant to ignore.
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